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Drop of news … ..from CDC’s Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch (WDPB) ; November 2008
  • Published Date:
    November 2008
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    Drop of news … ; November 2008
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    Greetings -- Actions and Alerts -- Mark your Calendars -- New Drinking Water Epidemiologist in DPD -- 100 Years of Drinking Water Chlorination -- Drinking Water Advisories - A Toolkit for Success -- Total Coliform Rule Revisions -- Upcoming EPA Symposium -- Naegleria fowleri - CSTE Workgroup Update -- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) - Surveillance Report Updates -- New Web Site for Unexplained Respiratory Disease Outbreaks -- Coming Soon - The Healthy Water Web Site -- The Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) Program -- Outbreak Investigations - Cryptosporidiosis in New Mexico, 2008 -- CDC Resources - Parasitic Disease and Healthy Swimming Public Inquiries -- Looking Ahead - The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) -- The Model Aquatic Health Code -- Publications and Presentations -- When the Well Runs Dry - Drought and Public Health -- Contacts.

    A Drop of News is a forum for highlighting state and local waterborne disease

    surveillance activities, and giving informal updates from the Centers for Disease

    Control and Prevention (CDC) about waterborne disease and outbreak surveillance initiatives.

    With the rush of the summer months now over, A Drop of News now takes time to address a broader range of topics related to water and health. Begin by meeting DPD’s new drinking water


    epidemiologist and reading about the 100th anniversary of drinking water chlorination in the United States. Continue to page 3 to learn about collaborative drinking water activities and an upcoming EPA meeting. Page 4 provides an interesting update about the CSTE-initiated workgroup on Naegleria fowleri, as well as a new web resource for investigating unexplained respiratory disease outbreaks, which are sometimes caused by waterborne agents.

    A Healthy Water web site update is included on page 5. An exciting new program about laboratory testing proficiency for Legionella follows on page 6. Revisit the summer on page 7 with New Mexico’s efforts to curb a cryptosporidiosis outbreak and better understand swimmer behaviors. Page 8 contains resources for public inquiries, as well as a timeline for launching the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS). Finish by finding out more about the year-round Model Aquatic Health Code project on page 9 and efforts to address issues associated with a lack of water on page 10.

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